Saturday, October 3, 2015

Favorite Things Friday

I'm a day late... but here are the things that have caught my eye this week! 

This sign is GREAT! The whole kitchen reno isn't too shabby but it was really the sign that caught my eye!

I cannot wait to try out this Chipotle Pumpkin, chicken, and barley soup recipe... I LOVE FALL!!!

I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love this kitchen remodel. Totally stealing some of their ideas when it is time for a full reno... TWO ovens/ranges right next to each other to give the look of a 60" YES!!!!!!!!!

Obsessed with this gumball machine

love everything about this fall tablescape but my favorite thing would be these copper placecards! 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Meal Plan Monday: Sheet Pan Suppers

This week I will be cooking from one of my favorite cookbooks, Sheet Pan Suppers

Here is what I plan to make this week.

  • Pork Tenderloin with squash, Apples, and Onion (p.129)
  • Roasted Beet and Orange Salad with Pistachios and Feta (p.155)
  • Bakes Apricot French Toast (p.206)
  • Baked Crab and Corn Cakes with Tangy Aioli (p.20)
  • Honey-Orange Shrimp with baby Bok Choy (p.107)
  • Roasted Sausage and Red Grapes with Polenta and Gorgonzola (p.133)
  • Raspberry and White Chocolate Scones (p.216)
Friday: Matt is running a Ragnar so I am going to have a little ladies night
  • Baked Brie and Strawberries (p.9)
  • Pears in Prosciutto (p.13)
  • Herbed Goat Cheese and Zucchini Tart
  • Roasted Figs with Gorgonzola and Honey (p.12)
  • Bruce's BBQ Meatloaf and Potatoes (p.119)
  • Apple Galette

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Soccer + Creek +Love + Kings Dominion = Awesome Weekend

While the boys are napping I took the chance to edit a few photos from last weekend. Last weekend was crazy busy but full of some really great moments!

Emma had an early morning soccer game so I let the guys all sleep in and I went to the game alone... was nice to have some quite time to sit, drink my coffee and really watch the game! Usually I'm running around after the kiddos and only able to half focus on the game.

After the game Emma's friend came over and we hung out at the creek by the house. 

Literally 15 minutes after climbing out of the creek with the kiddos my mom was picking up the kids for the night and Matt and I were heading down to D.C. to celebrate the engagement of Tory and Scott! Tory was a former co-worker and I LOVE HER!!! So excited for these two!

The next day we were up bright and early to take Emma, her friend Julia, and Hunter to Kings Dominion!


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Cooking: One Pot

For the last two weeks I cooked out of Martha Stewart Living: ONE POT

Monday: PIZZA

Tuesday: Shrimp with tomatoes and orzo (p.63)

Wednesday: Sweet Potato and Sausage Soup (p.207)

Thursday: I was not feeling well and it was back to school night so Matt just got Five Guys

Friday: Dinner out with my parents and Matt's Mom at one of my new favorite restaurants, Walker's Grill.

Saturday: Hunter's Party... no extra cooking this day!

Sunday: Chicken with Creamy Corn and Bacon (p.43)

Monday: Shrimp and Corn Chowder (p.226)

Tuesday: left overs

Wednesday: Salmon with Cabbage and Kale(p.136)

Thursday: Grabbed food while out running errands

Friday: Pork Chops with Warm Escarole Salad (p.56), Sweet potatoes, steamed

Saturday: Engagement party for some dear friends!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Kitchen "refresh": Tile poll

We have a crack in our under-mount sink so new sink means new countertops... you know I looked and looked and looked for a replacement PINK countertop to match our current one and I was soooo sad that I just couldn't find a perfect match... So I've decided to go with something new... So sad...

No really I am SOOOOOO happy to be getting rid of the pink!!!! I HATE IT!

I wish that we were at the point where we were ready for a FULL kitchen remodel but we're not. In reality we are about 4-5 years down the road on that one. Soooo it is "refresh" time... we are going to get a new stainless steel sink, new countertops, and backsplash.

One thing that I need to keep reminding myself is that this is not my forever kitchen and that I need to keep costs LOW. This was hard this weekend as I was walking through a stone warehouse drooling over all of the gorgeous marble.

To save some money I settled on a Honed Absolute Black Granite countertop but I need some help in the tile backsplash department! What should I do? Please cast your vote in the poll at the end of this post!

Subway Tile
Carrara Marble Subway Tile 

Statuary white marble herringbone tile

Hexagon Marble

Greecian Interlocking Marble

Which backsplash should I go with?

Monday, September 21, 2015

Meal Plan Monday: Pinterest Cooking

I have 346 recipes pinned on Pinterest and I don't turn to it as a source for meal planning as often as I should! So this week I will plan to cook exclusively from Pinterest. It is going to be aggressive!

Here is the grand plan!

Sunday: TOTAL bust we were at Kings Dominion all day!

Fully aware that this is a super ambitious Meal Plan! Let's see how I do!

I'll be back later today to share how I did with my One Pot Cooking the last TWO weeks! Plan Here and Here

Friday, September 18, 2015

Favorite Things Friday: Fall Edition

how is it fall already?

here is a little round-up of some fall ideas that have caught my eye over the last week

Love these Pumpkin Crafts

Pumpkin Recipes

this adorable "Beware of Cute Monsters" sign. I've been hesitant to layer vinyl but this might be the motivation I needed.

 Love these pumpkin donuts! This is an adorable idea and I think that I might make these for Hunter's Pre-School Halloween party.

On Monday I totally bought all of the materials to  make these Mummy Lanterns! I will be sure to share how they turned out.

 I cannot wait to make this super cute fingerprint bat painting with Hunter and Gibson!

This wreath looks super easy to make!